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Stoop to concur

Letters

It was really good to see (Debate 25 January) that Edward Chorlton and Stephen Joseph seemed to be in almost full agreement.

Edward Chorlton, having described the need for parking policies and charges, cycle and pedestrian facilities and improved public transport for an area, said: 'If the analysis shows that unnecessary through traffic is clogging the streets and thereby creating congestion, pollution, noise . . . then a bypass can be the answer'.

Stephen Joseph said 'Where the main problem is through traffic, bypasses can be the right answer.'

If a bypass or almost any new road or expansion of an existing road is in line with road traffic reduction legislation from the previous government and within the August 1998 Integrated transport policy, civil engineers have a real way to move forward on roads.

So if we try not to add to the total capacity of the road system and provide positive benefits for greener travel we should not generate extra traffic and there are benefits to be gained from some road building.

In east Kent, the county and district councils have been working with us, the major private sector employer in the area, to produce a scheme to cope with potential regeneration of the area and growth of our site. This scheme, despite being listed among the approved new roads proposals contained in Local Transport Plans, will only work effectively if travel in the area gets greener. It has been developed from the outset with bus and high occupancy vehicle lanes.

I hope that all other highways authorities take a lead from Kent County Council, Edward Chorlton and Stephen Joseph.

John Elliott (M), transport and planning manager, Pfizer.

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